Australian News and Analysis

Vic: Metro Trains dispute drags on

Vic: Metro Trains dispute drags on

November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Melbourne rail operator Metro is continuing to insist that railway workers give up hard won conditions including rostering protections, safety measures and union rights. In the past two weeks momentum shifted to management with the Labor state government coming in behind the company, against the workers and their union. By […]

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Australia lags behind on marriage equality

Australia lags behind on marriage equality

August 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

The scenes of elation and celebration in Ireland and the US following the passing of same sex marriage legislation have further highlighted the backwardness of Australian politics on the question of LGBTIQ rights. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party  Labor and Liberal politicians are trailing far behind majority opinion on the […]

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Railway workers vote for action

Railway workers vote for action

August 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

With no headway being made in negotiations between Metro Trains and the Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RTBU), railway workers in Melbourne have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. If stop work action takes place it will be the first time since 1997 that workers have stopped the train […]

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Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

Racist ‘Reclaim Australia’ rally dwarfed by anti-racist response

August 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

On Saturday July 18 Australia’s most vitriolic racists planned to join with neo-Nazi groups to hold the country’s “biggest ever patriot rally” in Melbourne. In response the? #?NoRoomForRacism campaign, initiated by the Socialist Party, organised a rally to counter their plans. In the end, just over 100 people joined the […]

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AFL: Why do racist prejudices persist?

AFL: Why do racist prejudices persist?

August 2, 2015 at 6:01 am

For the past couple of months the Australian Football League (AFL) has been marred by racist attacks on Sydney star Adam Goodes. After slotting a goal against Carlton at the SCG, Goodes rushed towards the boundary line and celebrated with a ‘war-cry’ dance directed at opposition fans. The celebration which […]

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North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast.  Peter Dutton

Government’s cruel push-back policy

July 22, 2015 at 6:11 am

The Abbott government’s hardline tactics to prevent asylum seekers reaching the mainland and making a claim have been in the spotlight recently after a boat carrying 65 people was returned to Indonesia after being intercepted in international waters. By Amy Neve, Socialist Party The passengers were detained for several days, […]

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The truth about Ice

The truth about Ice

July 20, 2015 at 6:08 am

For some time now successive governments, with the aid of the mainstream media, have been painting a picture of an Australia ravaged by a violent and destructive addiction to methamphetamine, or Ice. By Meredith Jacka, Socialist Party To back up claims of Ice use reaching pandemic levels, Tony Abbott has […]

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Pharmacy fights budget cuts

Pharmacy fights budget cuts

July 18, 2015 at 6:03 am

The 2015 federal budget cut more than $500,000 in funding to Australia’s only integrated not-for-profit pharmacy. The cohealth pharmacy located at the North Yarra Community Health Centre in Collingwood (Melbourne) serves 4700 people and delivers 24,660 prescriptions in a year. By Mike Naismith, Socialist Party Eligible patients can opt to […]

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Aboriginal people rightly sceptical about Recognise campaign

Aboriginal people rightly sceptical about Recognise campaign

July 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

The government-backed campaign to acknowledge Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution is mired in controversy. Polls are showing a majority of Aboriginal people do not support the ‘Recognise’ campaign, and would vote against the proposed changes if a referendum were held. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party While ‘Recognise’ describes itself […]

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The time for marriage equality is now!

The time for marriage equality is now!

July 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

In early June, opposition leader Bill Shorten introduced a marriage equality bill into the parliament. While it was always unlikely that the bill would pass given Labor’s lack of numbers, Bill Shorten played an opportunistic political game. By Simone Howard, Socialist Party Bolstered by the recent referendum in Ireland which […]

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